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Health managers undermine ambulance agreement

11 March 2006
Ambulance workers in Bristol and the wider Avon region are to ballot for strike action over the agenda for change pay and conditions deal. The ballot involves 350 members of the Unison union.

Jerry Hicks was denied official support that could have won reinstatement

17 September 2005
Striking engineers in the test area of Rolls Royce’s Bristol plant returned to work on Tuesday after a mammoth battle which has seen them take six weeks of action to stop the victimisation of their convenor, Jerry Hicks.

Unions struggling together against a bosses’ Britain

10 September 2005
Workers at the centre of two disputes that go to the heart of Labour’s anti-union, pro-boss policies came together on a confident, militant protest through Bristol on Friday of last week.

Rolls Royce strike builds up support

03 September 2005
Ninety six workers in the test area of Bristol’s Rolls Royce plant have entered their second week of indefinite strike action in confident mood.

Rolls Royce dispute — first blood goes to Jerry Hicks

13 August 2005
The fight to reinstate sacked Bristol Rolls Royce union convenor Jerry Hicks has received a big boost with an interim employment tribunal hearing ruling in his favour.

Council cuts

06 August 2005
The elderly and people with disabilities in Bristol are to pay again for the way finances have been mishandled in previous years by senior social services managers.

Rolls workers ballot over Hicks

06 August 2005
Over 100 workers in the test area at Rolls Royce’s Bristol plant were to begin a snap ballot for official strike action this week after management turned down an appeal for the reinstatement of their union convenor, Jerry Hicks.

Battle to defend sacked Rolls Royce union rep

30 July 2005
The fight to reinstate Jerry Hicks is on. He is the deputy plant convenor sacked from Rolls Royce’s Bristol site.

Walkout at Rolls Royce over victimisation of union convenor

16 July 2005
A major trial of strength which will affect the position of trade union reps across industry is underway at Rolls Royce’s Bristol plant where the convenor of one of the best organised sections, Jerry Hicks, faces disciplinary charges that could see him sacked.

Rolls Royce strike over sacking of Jerry Hicks

16 July 2005
The entire manual workforce at Rolls Royce’s Patchway site in Bristol walked out this morning (Thursday, 21 July) following the sacking of their deputy plant convenor, Jerry Hicks.


16 July 2005

Rolls Royce bosses in test of strength with workers

18 June 2005
Two fitters in the test areas at the Rolls Royce Bristol plant were escorted off the site on Monday night last week for allegedly sleeping while on the job.

Guerrilla art

05 May 2005
Two billboard posters appeared in Bristol last week which highlight how the three main political parties support the continuing illegal occupation of Iraq. They were put up by Guerrilla Art.

Defend Asylum Seekers

26 March 2005
Some 30 supporters of Bristol Defend Asylum Seekers Campaign, Student Action for Refugees, Respect, Bristol NUT teachers’ union branch and other organisations protested outside Downing Street on Monday.

Just imagine if every day was like this one

05 February 2005
You got a glimpse of an alternative approach to education at Filton High School, an 11 to 18 mixed comprehensive on the outskirts of Bristol, last week. Every day a different year group from years 7 to 11 focused on the question: "Is another world possible?"

Socialist Worker forums

28 August 2004

In brief

21 August 2004
Follow Sheffield’s route to victory DRIVERS ON First Group buses in Bristol have narrowly voted to accept an improved pay deal.


04 October 2003
SOME 50 teachers and parents attended an rally to oppose SATs tests in Bristol last week. Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset NUT teachers' union divisions organised the meeting. Jon Illingworth, prospective left candidate for general secretary of the NUT, spoke alongside primary school teacher Suzie Coggles, children's author Pat Thompson and school student Sophie North.

Permanent protests

29 March 2003
THOUSANDS OF people who could not get to London last Saturday demonstrated in their own cities. Up to 2,500 protesters blocked roads in the centre of Bristol for the third day running while around 4,000 marched through Manchester. Some 1,000 protesters in Newcastle were physically blocked from marching by the police, and 1,000 demonstrated in Aberystwyth, Wales.

Race, class and education

15 March 2003
IF YOU believed the Daily Mail you would think there is a witch-hunt against middle class students being rejected by top universities simply because they are middle class. "Felicity had ten A grade GCSEs and three A grade A-levels. So why was she rejected by Bristol University?" screamed the front page of one edition.

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